When I first joined the PhD program, all the members of my lab had been to the Arctic already. I remember asking “but how does one get to the Arctic?” I just had never thought about how you would go to the end of the world.

According to this Wikipedia article, 30 countries (which include India, Pakistan and Bulgaria but unfortunately not Turkey) have temporary or seasonal bases in Antarctica. I imagine there are different ways of getting to Antarctica depending on where you are coming from, and which part of Antarctica you are going to. We will be working with the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and this is how we will get to the Bellinghausen Sea :

1. Fly from Boston to London, UK
2. On a British Ministry of Defense (MoD) flight, fly from Brize Norton base to Ascension Island.
3. The aircraft will refuel at Ascension island (in the middle of the Atlantic), and continue on to the Falkland Islands.
4. There will be about a 6-day wait in port Stanley (Falklands) until we board the Royal Research Ship James Clark Ross and get underway to do our research.

The way back home will be a little bit more straightforward.
1. We’ll fly out of Rothera into Punta Arenas, Chile.
2. From Punta Arenas we will probably fly into Santiago, Chile.
3. From Santiago we will most likely fly to Texas or Florida and then back to Boston somehow in the first week of December.

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2 Comments on How does one get to Antarctica?

  1. Eileen says:

    You go girl! Appreciate your allowing us to live vicariously through you…please post whenever you can. Good luck and take care of yourself.

  2. Leith says:

    derya so good to follow your progress. It is election night and who knows what mood we will allbein tomorrow. Will write more later.

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